January 26, 1863: French bombard Acapulco

Fort Alvarez, Acapulco
El Fortín Álvarez en el cerro de la Mira de Acapulco, Guerrero, México.

While the attention of the powerful neighbor to the north is diverted by civil war, Mexico is vulnerable to European attack. The French noticed.

New York Times

IMPORTANT FROM SAN FRANCISCO.; The Bombardment of Acapulco by the French Fleet.

SAN FRANCISCO, Monday, Jan. 26.
Arrived, steamer Sonora, from Panama.

She reports that four French war vessels bombarded Acapulco for three days, commencing on the 16th. The fire was returned from the fort, doing some damage. The people abandoned the town. But thirteen Mexicans were killed. The fort was finally silenced, when one hundred sailors landed and spiked the guns. The fleet then left.
Sailed, ship Sea Serpent, for Hong Kong.

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